Illustration // Koloman Moser
"Simplicity lies not in omission, but in synthesis" Koloman Moser, painter and designer, Secessionist Movement, Vienna early 1900's.
Some part of me, think I was born in wrong decade, or maybe the right one because now we don't need to travel to see/search about some art movement and discover more and more bout that, and when we finally travel we can go exactly to places that big changes happened there in the past. Or, its just me been nostalgic as always ;P
Today, I will speak about Koloman Moser, not exactly the whole work of him but what fascinates me in his work contemplate the balance, contrast using negative space, movement, patterns rhythm and shapes of his engravings, woodcuts, posters, textiles and typography, but he worked in all fields of the decorative and applied arts, designing furniture, glass objects and jewelry as well as leather goods, book bindings and even toys.
Koloman Moser, or Kolo Moser was an Austrian artist who exerted considerable influence on twentieth-century graphic art and one of the foremost artists of the Vienna Secession movement and a co-founder of Vienna Workshop.
Alongside Josef Hoffmann, Otto Wagner, Adolf Loos, Joseph Maria Olbrich, and Gustav Klimt, Koloman Moser was a co-founder of the "Viennese Secession" in 1897, a group of artists who split off in protest from the academic art scene at the "Wiener Künstlerhaus".
The Viennese Secession was modelled on the Berlin (founded in 1892) and Munich (founded in 1893) Secessions. Koloman Moser became the editor of the Secession journal, "Ver Sacrum", to which he contributed numerous works and designs of his own.
The "Wiener Werkstätte" embraced all fields of craft and design. In addition, the designers in its employ worked under very humane conditions that were exemplary for the time. Objects produced by the Wiener Werkstätte not only bear the mark of the designer but also that of the craftsman who executed them. This shows that the "Wiener Werkstätte" worked on the principle of putting art and crafts on an equal footing.
At the same time very high quality and material standards were observed. Koloman Moser's works are informed by a stringent geometry, as shown by the black-and-white grid pattern so typical of his designs. Moreover, his designs are notable for their clarity despite the sophisticated construction on which they are often based.
Koloman Moser was a heavy smoker and diagnosed with incurable cancer of the larynx in 1916. He died on October 18, 1918 in Vienna, where he had been born some 50 years earlier.
His amazing work below: